Hello from N.Y.

Enjoying our beach while looking for a condo in our area

Being in the moment is always preferable. This morning an unexpected soft knock offered up the world and I was ready. Had contacted the kids in my hood. “tomorrow is low tide want to go to the beach , be at my house, bus leaves at 9a.m. If answer is yes let me know.

Only a half hour later the beach was full of umbrellas

Almost did not make the bus, we were on time. I did not have a mask and pulling up my shirt to cover my mouth was not allowed. Yet my charge had a mask. How embarrassing. Bus driver was adamant. NO ! A black lady from the back held up a mask, it was new, I offered her money, she refused. Could not thank her enough. Was not about me but the disappointment of my charge. I wished the lady well, when she got off the bus and hoped she would have a great rest of the day. Driver could not I.d. her this was the first time she had her as a passenger.

Hello from Port St Lucie

Corina and I hit the water. It was bliss. today we learned to snorkel no seashells and no fish so we concentrated on form. Left her to her own devices. Then a family arrived with a little girl. Great, looked like her age. We asked if she would like a playmate. A match! and off to the wide blue ocean with loud squeals was Corina and Malia. I took photos and sketched.

Oh to be young
Hello from Boynton Beach. New arrivals w Malia

This was their favorite beach in the area. The kids happily played stayed occupied. I mentioned the farmers market happening not far away. Should they be not to exhausted after the beach. Drop by the Historical Museum I’ll be there volunteering this afternoon on 1-4 p.m. .

Two hours of tropical bliss seemed to pass quickly. We wandered over to the market. It was busy busy. Ran into two sketching friends

We sit where there is shade. LOL

great day to enjoy the market. Saw everything, Corina wanted popcorn and I got a loaf of bread. The bus arrived just as scheduled and we came home. FYI. As yet parking is not an issue but the SATURday bus runs on the half hour. Departs 7 min after the hour from the beach.

We picked flowers en route home for her mom. Hope she had a time to remember, as she hits her teens. Corina is nine, Malia is 7. Till another such day where we live in the moment here in our own Lake Worth Beach Paradise.

Busman’s Holiday

Any day enjoying art away from the easle in the company of another creative becomes is a mini vacation.

Favorite destination, just down the road. Thriving with art galleries. Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market was a stop for a bite. Just a short jaunt from Art Warehouse. First Friday is coming up.

Large project renovating a out door mural

DelRay not far away. We spent time watching the world go by on Atlantic Ave. If the galleries were open, and they were we made their acquaintances. We found artists holding down the fort.

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Before it was a thing!

Urban Sketching has been around forever, but now it is a recognized art form. Formerly known as a “thumb nail sketch” or stretching it a bit, a paste up.

I with Anne E Hochtor. This very morning
Had a great out loud laugh today, as I was working my way down the page the fountain was turned on saved me from xtra details.

9a.m. Rosemary Square Sept. 5
Carl Stoveland sketching at Four Arts

Many weeks ago now, Anne E. Hochtor put a little blurb on FB, was there any interest in drawing together on location. Meet at Common Ground Cafe at such and such a time. It was a bleak day. Carl was there, I came, then Anne. She approached Carl. I did not know her. Thus was born the Lake Worth Beach Urban Sketchers. At the very first meet-up 12 artists showed up.

Note the date, 2006

As the weeks progresses I realized I’ve done this before. Now it has a name. I drew in a small notebook, every time I went to the hospital w my husband. Got so good on the 25 min train ride that I was able to do all the passengers in our car. Where as at the beginning I was lucky to sketch one person. Even sketched patients sitting across from us in the waiting rooms.

2006. I’m the poster Artist

How was it that I became the Poster Artist, and got the key to Miami Beach. I was sketching the newly built Life Guard stands that became the iconic symbol of South Beach. ( see sketch above dated 2006 ) yes there is more of a back story. Artists draw things they like and later in the studio develops an idea. Since then, many artist have done their variation of these very same Life Guard Stands.

This sketch of mine ended up in a coloring book.

Check with any artist worth their salt. They have a sketchbook. At the outset of art school they are required to keep one. I have many spanning years. They not only hold drawings but notes, contact phone #, a myriad of thoughts, dates, shamefully not dedicated strictly to art but all relating to art. Our ideas can go wild as no one really sees our humble efforts.

At Rosemary Sq. Joined us today Lives is West Palm Beach

Carl has taken on the task of doing the media, sends out notifications as to next location. Usually 2 per week and with his busy schedule, he also teaches this art form at Mounds Botanical Gardens for those who are interested. Anne does the scouting. I must thank both for opening this door.

Getting better from my first feeble efforts

Ck in on Face Book, think you would enjoy drawing. You are not required to be an artist. Just enjoy the company the outdoors and similar interests. Takes very few tools. Anyone can do this. Find help on you tube under sketching. Sign up for virtual instructions. Once upon a time only photographers had the tools and skill now with I Phones everyone who tries can do. Such it is with urban sketching. Find a group to join. If your in Palm Beach area join this one.

Trip to the hospital

A precursor to what was just a day away. I saw but did not understand what I was witnessing at the moment. I posted a small blurb on face book so more would see. This was important, but they also did not comprehend what was being foreshadowed.

waited long enough to be able to sketched and fed ducks. 4 hrs in line

Here is what I shared after a few hours home. Now there was a Delta virus. Who knew. Found myself having Violent vertigo, and fever. I took periodic cold showers till I found myself possessed . Slammed from one wall into garden gate, into a pole. Felt no pain, just could no stay upright. TP brought me gatoraid to help the dehydration. Took me to Urgent care. They wanted $150 for a Covid test. We knew it’s suppose to be free. However, they are in business. She got the first available appointment from CVS for the next morning. I tried to steady myself and went through a glass table. Could not stay upright. Could not navigate without turning over a chair. I was in trouble. Reaching a bookcase to pull myself up, on the 3rd try, I reached it finally only to tumble the entire content.

We made the 10:15 appt. at CVS but results but would have to wait for results later in the day. By afternoon another friend dropped by. She saw the chaos, yelled thru the door “raise both your hands”. LOL. I caught the humor of this through my haze. Not a heart attack.

This was when I was vaccinated

EMT took me to JFK a 7 min. Ride. Here is where it gets interesting. I had been vaxed but without I.d. No vax card on me. I had been vaxed, told them. How do they know. We are sitting in a line behind 5 EMT vehicles as if on a tarmac ready for take off. I’m wheeled into a Covid ward passing seeing some very ill people with skin tones that looked like, they are about to pass on. Legs dangling from a bed. I can only observe. I’m in a solo room. First thing, I get a Covid test, see no one for hours. Have needles in my arms feel little to nothing. It’s dusk another Covid test.

Morning I speak to the nurse who tells me CVS rang in around 5:30 yesterday and I’m Covid free as are the two tests from the hospital.

Dr enters my room waving papers as if scolding a child. “You have Covid” “no I do not”. He reiterates with same gesture “ you have Covid you’r in this room”. Now, my survival instincts take over I prop up and inform him what nurse told me earlier. He hesitates but a second later looks at the paper work. “ ah you have Pneumonia walks over taps my back two times and walks to door. I shoot back at him “Who Trained you?” *

The next person who entered the room and all that followed “get me out of here”. they are looking for an open bed elsewhere. A male nurse wheeled me out a different direction from where I came in. Closer to some electric doors. I notice we just entered this extremely large room as if it was ready in case of a disaster ( how can I think like this?) Never realized they had such a large space and we go thru another set of see-through plastic strips. A hallway and a set of elevators. Down we go!, doors open up and I’m now in the Hospital population. I’m taken into a dbl. room with only one bed hastily prepared for me. I’m put on probiotics, lots of liquids, plus fooood. By now I’m famished grabbed the chicken placed before me. With my hands ( bad form) next the green beans, moist but bitter. Yes, with fingers. No TV worth watching except badly done cosmetic surgeries gone wrong.

The view from my room.

Released, feeling weak but on the mend. At home after a few days the news, there is now a Diviant coronavirus. I write this today Aug. 24 2021. And Florida has the highest death rate and is 8th in the world with Covid outbreak. I was in Hospital around July 18.

*. I spent many day’s in hospital w my husband as he went through Cancer treatment. Only went home to shower never left his side. Loved our Drs.

A Day at Phipps Beach Ocean Park

the abandoned Rescue boat

Not easy to dedicate a whole day to go out and paint, my friend was here for the 4th of July Raft Race and checking in with friends an overnight was arranged. We were given left over food from the feast that we eagerly accepted as we could picnic on site.

Breakfast en route Corner of Lake Ave. n s Palmway

Checking FB on waking to see all the parade pix one of the posts showed a new restaurant cafe opening with Epenadas. Had just been introduced to them and liked them, it was enroute to Palm Beach Island. We sat outside, but opted for menu specials. Happily got back in the car with anticipation.

20 x 24.

Parked in a nice shady spot, we were going to paint 4 hours just like the British “Landscape Artist of the Year”. Which we both had been binge watching. Got my box out which I’d not used in a few years, scrambling to make sure I had a good palette. Sherrie has been painting Fairchild Garden and was organized. “Where is my Canvas?.” As we got out of car. We’d planned to go out around four in the afternoon for the light.. Weather merchant predicting rain and H Elsa was in Cuba heading our way. We decided better go early so was discombobulated. Sherrie hands me a 8×10 canvas. NO, not acceptable to her 20×20 canvas. Back track home. Canvas was leaning outside my door ok now retracing our steps via a Starbucks stop and a water. Thank goodness for the water.

See the cup of water, LOL. ( water for cleaning brushes )

We timed our start to make sure we put in 4 hrs and see how we end. “Artists your time starts now” I mimicked the show commentator.

We paint differently this was her beginning, a sketch. Me, straight for the paint for an impressionistic scene
Ck out some other artist used the table as a palette. Really!

Half way through I took a dip and ate. Sherrie took her break much later she was into this En Plein Air day and would not be distracted. Few people passed in this private area, the comments came from the kids “cool”. With about half an hour to go I announced “Artists you have a half An hour”. Just like the Lady in the StarArts show. Then “ Put your brushes Down”.

Maybe a little touch up later after they have rested.

We took a half hour swim. Made it home just as the raindrops hit the window of the car. good Planning. We have already spotted our next location for a bit of David Hockney.

Raft Race Returns 2021

The 4th of July Raft Race has been launched. Inaugural event took place at Mathews located on s H St. at this writing 7 Lake Worth Neighborhoods have thrown out a challenged to NA fellow party goers

The committee that made it happen

Not seen is the Jell-O shot toast. That followed the above photo. Opening this event officially, after Capt. And crew meeting decided there are no rules and after filling up their souvenir commemorative glasses.

Read carefully
College Park R e a d y
1st to trash talk
MC. Craig Rise and Jon Faust
Parrot Cove mascot
Parrot Cove crew accepting the challenge

Parrot Cove came with very authentic noisy sound effects from the crew. Accepting all challenges. And not to be outdone each neighborhood took turns at the mike. Erika from Mango Grove was silent. Secret secret weapon?

Intimidation tactics from this quarter
after the initial meeting, all welcome
So happy to see each other hugs even among challengers
The dark horse challenger

Music at Bandshell Lake Worth Beach

Something wonderful happened during Memorial Day weekend. Music at our bandshell. I share 20 plus photos but take a moment to also read the blog. LOL

Acquaintances and new friends

A city of acquaintances and friends met for music in the park. What a novel idea. We in Lake Worth Beach have a park and a city of talented musicians. It takes but one creative in this case, George Orr. Who spearheaded this.

Do I see one of our talented musicians.

I think I managed to capture all the folks who came out for the free concert this past Saturday.

What if this could be the scene every weekend. When not booked.

What a good appreciative group of Lake Worthians. Tag yourselfs. We are the ones who support our city and should express ourselves. So your thoughts please.

Under the shade
Our local troubadours THANK YOU

The Band stand exists. Why not make it utilitarian. Let local bands , musicians jamb. How about Shakespeare in the park. Invite local musicians for a 2 hour performance when not booked. Invite them via an open call. They will all bring their followers, and the rest of us get exposed to our diverse neighbors music. Win win!

Romantic tunes

Oh how about our own High School band practice. I can just see so many families who have never been to this park. It’s all possible. “ Feels like Home to Me”.

Love the tunes Kelly and George performed.
Romance is in the air
Yes, he played the Star Spangled Banner
Close to a hundred attended
Awesome. THANK YOU Kelly n George and Ben. Sorry do not know names of the others .

A wonderful time was had by all. How about the establishments from downtown sponsor a band, for a two hour performance. I’d come and have a drink in appreciation of the community support.

We all met our newest resident. This town is awesome.

Did I mention that many got up and danced also. As I was dancing I did not get that picture ck in with Tom Johnson.

Immersed in VAN GOGH

Perfect gift for an artist. This is the experience. So many have asked and the secret location. Two locations were alluded to, the Olympia Theatre and the IcePalace. I was there And still clueless. It’s close to the Bacardi Bldg. on Miami Ave. I could not recognize the sky line. If your using gps dbl ck as we went thru tunnel into Cruise Ship docking area. LOL

He wrote lots of illustrated letters.

We arrived w some time to spare, place looked like this. Valet highly recommended $20. Take the pressure off from traveling I-95. Relax they have a snack bar.

non descriptive, ck your gps twice

A garden area w yellow picnic tables and lots of hammocks, maybe 20 or so at the valet/entry area. You’ll enjoy this as they adhere to schedule. And you’ll take the stress from traveling I-95 or going around in circles, Miami is so full of new construction.

My art patron and friend Charlotte formerly of LWB

Self guided tour through a maze of quotes in case you know little of this artist and his thinking. All quotes have Spanish translations.

Then you enter a vast room ( a former ice rink? ). It sold out quickly it comes w fabulous accolades from Paris. My friend saw this and Klimt in Paris. Met some ladies from Hobbie Sound. So definitely it is a destination for art lovers and connoisseurs of Vincent. I have 5 books about him . Plus named my none for profit art organization after him “the One Ear Society . After all we could do better in sales. He never sold the first painting. LoL now he is all the rage **. Where else it’s showing .

My favorite immersion

Took several videos as transitions happen before your very eyes. Great recall of the most famous images. Because your so involved it seemed far shorter than the 75 min. “exit through the gift shop”. There find T-shirts, cups, puzzles and of course the place had decor elements borrowed from Van Gogh’s paintings

Would you have resisted, not I

My lovely earrings came from the Actual VanGogh Museum, they were gift wrapped and presented to me on our arrival. I put them on before entering. You are able to order from the actual Van Gogh museum Holland, hundreds of more gift items.

Waiting for valet

Now if your not able to make this, I located on Utube 33 min video from Toronto. What you miss, will be the fact that it overpowers you via the giant moving imagery. The acoustics well.

** there are several companies that now produce this. If your curious do go onto you tube. I’m but an amateur with video.

Yes I was here.

Where are they now ? Throw back T

Feel free to tag if you know. Well, as I was finally sorting my large cachet of pictures. Well over a thousand I came across all sorts of categories memory’s Most interestingly are some of these. So yes, they are Throw back Thursday but more like. Where are they now?

Or how old are they now
Once a month at beanies the ladies of MLWB

So here are friends we miss

Haven’t seen them in ages.

Feel free to rag and update

Haven’t seen one of these in ages
Truly miss them
One of my all time favorites created the whole outfit. Always got prizes
We still meet leisure service volunteers Erika took photo
Yes cottages did sponsor a spot